This show has been commercially released as " Europe '72: The Complete Recordings - All The Music Edition"
Bertha, Me & My Uncle, Mr. Charlie, China Cat Sunflower-> I Know You Rider, Black Throated Wind, Loser, Next Time You See Me, El Paso, He's Gone, Chinatown Shuffle, Playing in the Band, Big Railroad Blues, Jack Straw, Tennessee Jed, Big Boss Man, Greatest Story Ever Told, Casey Jones
Truckin'-> Drums-> The Other One-> Me And Bobby McGee-> The Other One-> Wharf Rat, Beat It On Down The Line, Two Souls In Communion, Ramble On Rose, Sing Me Back Home, Sugar Magnolia-> Not Fade Away-> Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad-> Not Fade Away
S:MR > Cassette > DAT > CDR > SHN; Extraction and SHN encoding by Seth Kaplan; upload by Greg Hamilton; known flaw: Bertha fades in
November 11, 2016 Subject:
There's a rock show at the Concertgebouw, they've got long hair
One of the tour's longest shows @4½ hours (w/intermission). The Concertgebouw is famously deluxe digs, by the Van Gogh museum. In '72, though, it had a bad echo problem, which the crew were able to compensate for somewhat, meaning the front half of the audience had good sound. The boys would have 3 days to recover from one of the longest shows ever - before the steady grind that finished the tour. It's always been considered a lesser show but pay that no mind - it's still a smoker. The 1st set isn't as good as most on the tour - but it's E72, so still above average.
First Set. Bertha is not the best; there's a warming-up for a few songs. Even China Cat is surprisingly shaky. Black Throated was played almost every night of the tour, so you can afford to be choosier than this one. But then it blows wide open. Loser is one of the best of '72. Jer is just brilliant on El Paso and Bobby is ON, weaving, darting... The E72 Complete box doesn't have the original version of He's Gone. As on the original Europe 72 album, it has the varispeed version with the overdubs, albeit with the pitched slowed back down again. However, the original circulates (seen here). This is THE version of this song. Even if we all grew up with the dubs and pitch version, the real version (with the real ending) is still definitive; and it's too bad Norman didn't patch-in this source. There are better examples of Chinatown but it's always a short, bluesy respite. Beware the Donnaskreech™ on Playing. This is the first Jack Straw with Jer singing. Historically interesting, but much better later in the year. The rest of the set is great. The Greatest Story would be fantastic without the incongruous Donnaskreech™ taking you out of the groove. All 9 on the tour are great and this is about in the middle (4/11 is insane and 4/29 incredible). Casey is played almost every night and was very consistent on this tour. 4/11 & 5/7 are brilliant but the arrangement leaves little room for prowess.
Second Set. A decent Truckin' to a The Other One that's a throwback to '70 in places; a 34min extravaganza that's very noodly. You have to wade for the good parts, but the back nine, into Me & Bobby McGee and back is excellent. Wharf Rat has the hard ending and is well-played, but sometimes there's not much to the '72s. The Beat it on Down the Line-37 (and that's if you just count Billy!) is oops-sloppy 'til a Jer save. Ramble On Rose is not the tightest (and Jer repeats lyrics), but the guitar tone is incredible. Sing Me Back Home comes too soon after 2 Souls and is the longest song on Disc 4 - to give you an idea of the slog-ness, but it's near-perfect and made for Donna. She skips the sweet clover roll on over for Sugar Mag. A classic Mags - go Jer go. The tone on Not Fade is NOT like the rest of the tour. The first minute alone of Goin' Down the Road is insane and every solo - every fill, a gem. There's a Donnaskreech™, but it's buried in the mix. Not so for Bobby doing the horse thing on the return to NFA. Ouch. No encore.
1st Set: B 2nd Set: B+
Overall = 4¼ stars
Loser - in top 3 of tour
Next Time You See Me - Pig shines
El Paso - Jer plays off Bobby - erm, vice versa
He's Gone - original non-manipulated version still the classic
Greatest Story Ever Told - right where it was emerging as a classic
Me & Bobby McGee>The Other One - great sequence
Sing Me Back Home - tiresome but still a near-perfect version and Donna's chance
Sugar Magnolia- classic Mags
Not Fade Away>Goin' Down the Road - incredible tone and insane Jer fills
SOURCES: The official or this source, which has the original He's Gone.
February 10, 2014 Subject:
TOO for the ages!
Bertha actually starts with some slight SQ issues, which I wasn’t aware of on the E72 release prior to this listen (first time listening to this show from boxed set). Nice energy out of the gate.
MAMU, Bob brings us out to the “Old American West”. Pigpen is louder in this show than in many, and I barely hear Keith.
Mr. Charlie is sung soulfully by Pigpen.
China>Rider, nice early placement. Jerry takes his time in the mid-song solo. The transition jam has a strong blues leaning. If you want a different take on C>R, this is a good option. The Rider starts of really slow, they do ½ the tempo of the China Cat.
BTW manages a faster tempo than the Rider, oddly.
Loser has a nice, short solo. Good twang.
Next Time You See Me
El Paso is dedicated to the great state of Texas, and it is a great version with Jerry properly backing Bobby, a nice galloping tempo, and no oversinging.
He’s Gone, funning Bob tuning to this, and then a great tempo and feel to it.
PITB is plenty psychedelic, with a nice tempo. I love these E72 PITBs because you are basically assured of that combo. Compared to the rest of this set, I expected better in this one, but it is still quite satisfying.
Big RR is on time and delivery a great cargo, as usual.
TN Jed, nice final jam, as expected. Plenty of twang and nice cacophony that just keeps building.
Big Boss Man
GSET is firing on all cylinders, quite psychedelic, and vastly ahead of its time (instrumentally). A+ version.
Casey Jones crashes down nicely to end the set. Johnny Cash would be appreciative.
Truckin>Drums>TOO>Bobby McGee>TOO>Wharf Rat
The 2nd set starts with the major meat sequence at its open, Truckin’ comes in nice form. As it breaks down it gets pretty funky, and prematurely (IMO) heads into drums. TOO is a great place for them to go, and this is a roller coaster we are headed into. 4 minutes in it breaks down into a space jam. This babbles on for about 4 minutes before we get a little more steam under our belts and head into a great exploratory jam with just a touch of the theme in it. As the jam progresses the theme becomes more and more a part of it, leading us to the verse. After the verse we get a spacey jam that manages to keep some momentum until a total disintegration into weirdness at 15 minutes. Jerry flirts with the Tiger, but with a different tone than he usually assumes for the venture. The Tiger doesn’t develop though, at least not then, the jam stays intense and exploratory for several minutes, reaching amazing heights in the 19th minute! After that they head into a bluesier area, and then hit the theme, which the rest of the song carries until the 30th minute, where it slows down (still within the theme) drastically. Bobby McGee arises out of it nicely, with Bob leading the way, in what seems like was probably a planned segue (not the exact moment of course, but the idea of going into McGee). A no frills, solid version leads right back into TOO’s theme for the 2nd verse. Wharf Rat rises proud out of TOO, and finishes upright with a solid outro jam.
Sing Me rounds out the square of 4 songs I don’t really enjoy too much, though the Ramble On was an A+.
NFA starts with only rhythm guitar making the beat, rather than the drums. Not a blow you away performance, the GDTRFB comes in and successfully raises the stakes. Drummers take us back into NFA… was there a OMSN encore? Not per the boxset…
This show comes out with a nice energy level, and other than the hiccup rendition of Rider, maintains the juice throughout. Pig is more audible than usual, on the organ, not sure if that adds much. The 2nd set is strong as well, with TOO being an A+. After the meat sequence was a rough stretch for yours truly.
There are some 1st set issues, though they are minor.
March 11, 2013 Subject:
First time I heard this show on the boxed set I remember chalking it up as the sloppy, renegade bastard of the run, and I guess that comes from the jittery, crazy way they handle Bertha and CC > Rider...but make no mistake, this thing is bursting with energy, a balls-out guilty pleasure of the tour.
That Other One Jam is virtually unparalleled for this era - those last few minutes, as the exercise deconstructs one final time before going into Bobby McGee, are just so beautifully poignant. Listen to Jerry in particular.
July 12, 2012 Subject:
My two cents
A real surprise of a show. Until I got the complete box set I'd never heard this show before and damn I'm glad I finally got to listen. It is solid from start to finish and contains my favorite version of the Other One from the Europe '72 tour. Pure dynamite!
January 5, 2011 Subject:
what do you think?
Good blow or fast tape. Either way it rocks.
Reviewer:Shooting Dark Star
December 19, 2010 Subject:
Just have to laugh at the last review, this show smokes from start to finish. Amazing music, amazing quality recording. Europe '72 is the best run of music the band ever made. Do not miss a single show.
July 15, 2010 Subject:
Want to hear a better Bertha, Mr. Charlie, Jack Straw, Tennessee Jed, Big Boss Man, Casey Jones, Truckin', and Ramble On Rose? Go to December 5, 1971. Want to hear a better Black Throated Wind, Playing In The Band and Greatest Story Ever Told? Listen to Ace.
May 10, 2010 Subject:
"the cocaine was far too good"
"Amsterdam, where the Concertgebouw was a jewel of a theater, the cocaine was far too good..." Dennis McNally
Perhaps overshadowed by the monumental performances preceeding and following it, this treasure might be the most overlooked gem of the Europe '72 tour. This vastly underrated show is extremely well played from start to finish. Virtually every song is a standout performance. The sound quality is superb and the mix lively. The separation is excellent making it easy to hear the fine mucisianship of both Keith and Bobby.
While the highlights include a terrific Bertha opener, an intense and very psychedelic Playin' in the Band, an excellent rendition of Truckin' and what is possibly the best early performance of He's Gone, the centerpiece of the show is another jazzy and extraordinarily jammed out Other One. This one is as fine as the performances of the song in Frankfurt and Paris. It's highly exploratory, visiting numerous themes over its more than 35 minutes.
Erupting out of Drums, from the opening notes this performance of The Other One percolates like a pot of fine Blue Mountain. Extremely jazzy in nature, there are several extraordinary movements. A particularly brilliant passage starts at 4:45, after the jam slows down it gets real smokey with an almost Clementine type theme. Close your eyes and you can imagine being in a jazz club. Ten minutes in, the Other One theme emerges again. After the first verse, it gets spacey, eventually going atonal with some wild notes from Phil before another spectacular jazz segment commences at 20:00. Over the next fourteen minutes, this amazing music covers a ton of ground, never losing momentum. Several times the Other One theme re-emerges but somehow the band avoids the second verse. Instead Phil and Bobby initiate an amazing Dylanesque passage at 32:00. Garcia's playing becomes highly emotive, the music is both haunting and sublime. It's one of the most amazing pieces of music on the entire tour. As if the theme has reached its zenith, with nowhere left to go, they segue into Bobby McGee, before finally completing the journey into the reprise and second verse conclusion to what might be the finest performance of The Other One on the tour.
Amazingly, there is another full hour of music left in the set including fantastic performances of Wharf Rat, Sugar Magnolia and a dynamite show closing NFA> GDTRFB> NFA. (98 pts)
May 1, 2010 Subject:
Wonderful show. Very nice sound quality. You can here a little tape sound in the quieter moments but not much.
September 14, 2008 Subject:
The Other One
I agree due to its close position to 11May and the overall consistency of the entire tour, this show is lesser known but worthy of all-star status. The Other One swings and knifes its way in and out of various emotions, an all-time best version. The energy in this version reminds of 6Aug.71 > primal!
May 15, 2008 Subject:
A magical night with the GRATEFUL DEAD
The recording quality is not as good as May 04, 1972(Olympia Theater, Paris, France). Who cares?
Is the tape a tiny bit fast? Sounds like it to me,
especially after listening to the afforementioned show. Who cares?
With that said, the GRATEFUL DEAD come on hotter than Death Valley in the summertime...and they don't let up.
This is a hard show to beat. You will be searching the IA a long time looking for a better show than this. 5 songs by Pigpen is always a treat.
The boys were firing on all cylinders this night.
An audio "DUTCH MASTERPIECE" performed live in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Why weren't we there?
5 star performances
5 star mix
4 star recording
This show deserves 5 stars regardless of what might or might not be wrong with it.
Get it while you can, get it while it's free, get it now or you'll be sorry.
Eat, drink, be merry and listen to the GRATEFUL DEAD.
Thanks for the love.
March 2, 2008 Subject:
For putting this back up....
Reviewer:My Uncle and I
January 30, 2005 Subject:
can't say enough about this show's "Other One"
This is the show that MADE ME write a review...
December 23, 2004 Subject:
I got this one back in the summer and it completely blew me away. It is one of those shows that will leave you speechless for months to come! I still don't know what to say about this one...The Other One...WOW! Best of the tour and probably in the top three of best version ever. Definately grab this one up folks- it will keep you warm through out the winter. (and don't forget the next night, it gets even better!)
December 15, 2004 Subject:
Excellent Truckin' leads into an absolutely amazingly powerful Other One. Takes you all over the map. Poweful jamming into some mellow, smooth melodic noodling into a beautiful Me and Bobby McGee, fading back into Other One, finally fading into an always amazing Wharf Rat.
October 1, 2004 Subject:
What a colossul show
Agree with the others that this is often overshadowed by Rotterdam and this may be in fact be the best other one from the tour sugar mag, nfa the whole thing is so power packed and listenable - enjoy.
July 11, 2004 Subject:
smokin in Amsterdam!
There's absolutely nothing wrong with this show - except that it's followed by a masterpiece on 5/11, and so has had to live in its shadow, unrecognized by many. Hot versions of Bertha, Loser and Mr. Charlie. And the He's Gone appears on Euro 72 - it's THE He's Gone folks! But the Other One is just fireworks from beginning to end. This one will curl your hair, steal your face and get you kind. Along with "Hundred Year Hall" 4/26, one of the best Other Ones from the tour. A great sounding SBD. If you like 5/11, you MUST have this show. Some of the Euro shows from April have cuts and missing songs. Get this one first,you won't be sorry! Nuff said.
Dr. Flashback ;-)
July 6, 2004 Subject:
this show and the following night are among the two best shows this band ever played....
every single song is played perfectly, with the ultimate highlight being the Other One...amazing jamming, amazing Phil, and an amazing show...
consider 5/10 and 5/11 to be DP-worthy performances, and enjoy every last minute of these monsters...
if there was a rating beyond 5, both these shows would get it.
April 13, 2004 Subject:
The Dead seem to do something special when they play in the Netherlands and this show comlplies. Not just a great setlist and performance, but great sound quality in all formats...Lossless rules - Lo-Fi saves (you decide). Either way, download this one and you'll be happy :-)